5 Best Baitcasting Fishing Reels

When it comes to finding the best baitcast reel it can be an overwhelming task. Luckily for you, we've made that decision easier. Listed below are five of the best baitcasting reels MidwayUSA has to offer. Pairing one of these baitcasters with right the fishing rod and you will have a great baitcasting combo.
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Shimano Curado MGL K Baitcast Reel

Small in hand but large in durability, dependability and performance, the Shimano Curado MGL 70 K Baitcast Reel is a addition to Shimano’s coveted line of Curado low-profile reels. The reel’s lightweight MGL Spool requires less start-up energy due to decreased inertia and results in longer casts with reduced effort. This advanced feature also allows the reel to excel for anglers fishing with finesses baits, such as handmade balsa baits, or lures that require light line for maximum fishability. The new Curado MGL 70 K is a great reel choice for anglers pitching and flipping in tight cover when increased line capacity is not required. But anglers shouldn’t be concerned about its compact size when fighting fish in close quarters or heavy cover, the Curado MGL 70 K is equipped with a Cross Carbon Drag to provide the needed stopping power against large fish. And just like the rest of the Curado family of reels, the versatile Curado MGL 70 K features MicroModule Gear for enhanced smoothness as well as a HAGANE Body for increased rigidity and durability for years of fishing performance.

Features

  • HAGANE Body
  • MGL Spool II
  • MicroModule Gear
  • SVS Infinity
  • CI4+ (Side Plate)
  • Cross Carbon Drag

What Customers Are Saying

Great casting reel

Great casting reel. Long casts are the norm. Also casts lighter lures well. Smaller spool so I spooled it with 20# braid. No backing. Also have a SLX series 70 which has been great. Liked it so much I bought this one as an upgrade. Got em on St Croix 7' medium rods. American ones of course
- Steve in da Thumb, 5/11/2022

About Shimano

From an angling perspective, every individual who has owned and enjoyed using Shimano tackle has a reason to thank a Japanese visionary named Shozaburo Shimano, who in 1921 declared "I aim to make Shimano's products the best in Kansai, then the best in Japan, and finally the best in the world." For over 80 years, Shimano has concentrated on precision engineering, one step at a time. Creating the most innovative products and processes you can hold in your hand today.

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Daiwa Lexa HD Baitcast Reel

The battle tested Lexa line has been upgraded and reintroduced- the all new Daiwa Lexa HD. The features that have made the Lexa a staple in markets across the country have been supplemented and upgraded to offer the ultimate in heavy duty performance. An all new upgraded Clutch System has been beefed up specifically to handle the rigors of big bait fishing. A new All Grease Bearing System keeps the reel running smooth and silent without sacrificing freespool or distance. Complete with Stainless Steel Drive Gear & Pinion Gear, Aluminum Frame and Side Plate, and an Extended Counterbalanced Handle for maximum power and torque. Additionally, the 300 size has a redesigned frame for an added level of compactness and palmability. The Lexa HD you have come to know and love- upgraded.

Features

  • Redesigned Heavy Duty Clutch System
  • All Grease Bearing System
  • Stainless Steel Drive Gear & Pinion Gear
  • 7 Bearing System (6CRBB +1RB)
  • EVA Custom Handle Knob
  • Ultimate Tournament carbon drag (UTD) with up to 25lbs of drag
  • Swept Handle with weight-reducing cutouts
  • Handle length: 300 size 100mm, 400 size 120mm
  • Aluminum frame and side plate (gear side)
  • Magforce Cast Control

 

 

What Customers Are Saying

Great reel

Very smooth and great line recovery. Already have caught 4 salmon 18 to 22 lbs. Very smooth drag.
- Capt.Gar., 6/11/2021

About Daiwa

The essence of life’s journey stretches beyond the boundaries of work and day-to-day life and is found in the things that feed our soul and engage and nurture our senses. The lure of nature, the draw of the aquatic world, and the attraction and connection with what they have to offer is what fuels us as an angler. For Daiwa this attraction, this connection with nature is more than just a part of life, it is our life, and for over 60 years we’ve been driven and inspired to create and deliver anglers the most advanced and dynamic fishing gear the world has to offer. Fishing gear that will allow you to tackle the diverse and expansive fishing this planet has to offer, and provide you with the ultimate angling experience. Daiwa is born to fish, and built to inspire.

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Lew's Speed Spool LFS 2nd Gen Baitcast Reel

The original Lew’s Speed Spool Baitcast Reel set the bar for performance in the $99 class of reels. However, the new and improved Speed Spool LFS just destroyed that bar with a sledge hammer. Featuring a new frame design to fit your hand with ease, high-strength solid brass Speed Gears and a P2 Super Pinion gear for smoother operation and extended gear life, the Speed Spool LFS just received a heavy-duty upgrade at the same great price.

Features

  • One-piece aluminum frame with easily removable graphite palming sideplate
  • Drilled, machined and anodized aluminum 34mm spool. SS1SA features high capacity dimpled spool
  • High strength solid brass Speed Gears, cut on precision Hamai CNC machines
  • P2 Super Pinion bearing supported pinion gear
  • Premium 10-bearing system with stainless steel double shielded bearings and Zero Reverse one-way clutch
  • Externally adjustable Magnetic Control System (MCS)
  • Anodized aluminum spool tension adjustment knob
  • Durable Rulon drag system, provides up to 15lbs. of drag power
  • Bowed 95mm aluminum cranking handle with Lew’s custom
  • SoftTouch contoured paddle handle knobs
  • New oversized bowed audible click drag star
  • Zirconia line guide
  • External lube port

 

What Customers Are Saying

Excellent reel for the price

The reel just works. It handles the lighter lures but really shines in the heavier lures, 3/8ths and up. It pairs nicely on any rod and functions as you'd expect. Only complaint is the reel knows being flat but there are cheap options to replace them elsewhere. Reel pulled in a solid 4 pounder for me no issues so I have no doubts it'll last for a long while.
- Nathan, 4/9/2021

About Lew's

Since 1949, professional and amateur anglers alike have trusted Lew's to deliver on the promise of Lighter, Faster, Stronger products. The original developer of the teardrop reel and bamboo rod, Lew's has been innovating for decades and continues to set the standard for dependable fishing gear. Lew's reels, rods, combos, and accessories are designed for peak performance and durability. Feel the Difference.

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Abu Garcia Revo Ike Baitcast Reel

The Abu Garcia Revo Ike  Baitcast Reel is designed by Mike Iaconelli to include the power, comfort, speed, and action that he demands out of his fishing tackle. In addition to features, the attitude and personality that Ike is known for shows through the unmistakable cosmetics that make "Going Ike!" possible for the average angler.

Features

  • 9 stainless steel HPCR bearings + 1 roller bearing
  • Integrated Drop Shot Keeper
  • AMGearing system
  • Carbon Matrix drag system
  • IM-C6 body design
  • C6 carbon rotor
  • Rocket line management system
  • Rocket Spool Lip Design
  • K-Clutch anti reverse
  • Round EVA knob

 

 

About Abu Garcia

Obsession For Detail. For generations, anglers the world over have put their trust in Abu Garcia for tackle that stands their toughest tests. It's a trust that's been earned by building products right the first time, and making them even better time after time. We refuse to compromise on how we design, build and perfect Abu Garcia precision equipment. That's why decades of experience and obsession for detail are the hallmarks of Abu Garcia. Just as generation after generation of Swedish craftsmen designed our products for superior performance, we continue to design cutting edge fishing equipment with our heritage in mind so generation after generation of anglers will enjoy the fruits of our labor and the thrill of the sport.

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Lew's Custom Pro Speed Spool Baitcast Reel

Built on Lew’s SLP Super Low Profile platform, the Custom Pro speed spool is compact, powerful and loaded. It is Lew’s lowest profile design ever, weighs only 5.8 ounces, sits super low on the reel seat and provides unmatched balance. Made possible by SLP cutting-edge engineering, styling and performance, the Team Lew’s Custom Pro is 10 percent smaller than traditional Speed Spools, yet has all of the top-of-the-line features.

Features

  • 11 Bearing System with stainless steel double shielded ball bearings
  • Zero Reverse one-way clutch bearing
  • C45 Carbon sideplates
  • Aircraft-grade double anodized Duralumin drilled and chamfered U-shape 32mm spool
  • QuietCast Externally Adjustable Centrifugal Brake System
  • Hard anodized aluminum alloy Speed Gears, precision cut on Hamai CNC machines with P2 SuperPinion bearing supported pinion gear
  • Patented retractable Speed Keeper hook keeper allows you to secure lures and Texas rigged baits without scratching your reel
  • Patented Speed dial line indicator allows for easy identification of line type and pound test

 

What Customers Are Saying

Good price for a great reel

I have 12lb floro line tied on and throwing a spinner bait. The cast is long and the retrieve is smooth. The reel weight is under 6oz. Feels great in my hand. Can't beat it for the price.
- Eaglestrike09, 1/31/2022

About Lew's

Since 1949, professional and amateur anglers alike have trusted Lew's to deliver on the promise of Lighter, Faster, Stronger products. The original developer of the teardrop reel and bamboo rod, Lew's has been innovating for decades and continues to set the standard for dependable fishing gear. Lew's reels, rods, combos, and accessories are designed for peak performance and durability. Feel the Difference.

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